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Flint’s Jade Jones talks about how coronavirus is impacting Olympic dream
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay has been postponed after the Games themselves were pushed back to 2021.
The International Olympic Committee, Tokyo 2020 organisers and the Japanese government announced on Tuesday that the Olympics and Paralympics will now be held next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Taekwondo star Jade Jones has appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about the impact Covid-19 is having.
She said she is “truly devastated” after training for the last four years but says she “cannot believe everything that has happened”.
The Flint athlete says her main goal now is keeping her loved ones safe.
“I think it just puts it into perspective that health comes before anything and we have to stick together and look after each other.” She said.
She has borrowed GB taekwondo equipment including mats and a bike and set up those in her garage. She says she is lucky that she lives with triple world champion Bianca Walkden so she has someone to train and spar with.
Jade adds it was tough getting equipment in “crazy circumstances”. She said she received a text saying she had an hour to grab equipment.
She says it is mentally tough as athletes give their soul to training. She says the fact she has to train for another year is mentally tough but she loves her family and the Olympics and build-up and she is “privileged” the Olympics will take place next year instead.
Jade says she will “keep training and give this even more hunger, train even harder, and be better than I was.”
She says her training is mainly inside but she is going running but sticking to Government guidelines of only going outside once a day to exercise.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Jade Jones of Great Britain celebrates with her gold medal after victory against Lee Ah-Reum of South Korea in the Final of the Womens -57kg during Day 3 of the World Taekwondo Championships at Manchester Arena on May 18, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) (Image: 2019 Getty Images)

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